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County government holds its first job fair Sept. 20

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By Gregory A. Summers

With Lancaster County’s low jobless rate and an influx of economic activity, employers are having a hard time filling many positions.
The county government is organizing its first-ever job fair next week to round up applicants for its own vacancies, which number about 20.
“It seems we have more jobs than people to work,” said county spokeswoman Jessica Kennington.
“As an example, we’ve had an open mechanic’s job since April. We just haven’t been able to find a qualified candidate who meets the needs, as far as skills, and could pass the mandatory background checks.”
The county jobs come with state health insurance and pension, life insurance, and an onsite nurse practitioner, along with other perks.
The job fair, which will deal only with these county government positions, will be 4-7 p.m. Sept. 20 in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.
“The idea behind this was to give Lancaster County citizens an opportunity to look at positions where they can work in their own hometown,” Kennington said. 
Applications are available at www.mylancastersc.org and the county’s Facebook page.
Kennington said some of the jobs, such as appraiser and senior planner, require specific education and expertise. But there are also openings for groundskeepers, equipment operators and truck drivers.
“A lot of them are general jobs,” Kennington said. “Some are part time and some are full time.”
Part-time openings include area recreation coordinator, bus driver and after-school program assistant for Lancaster County Parks and Recreation. There is also a part-time opening for a circulation assistant at the county library.
Full-time openings include a recorder in the register of deeds office, stormwater inspector, fiscal analyst in county finance, building maintenance, a vehicle parts clerk for fleet operations, groundskeepers, equipment operators, truck drivers, appraisers and a senior planner.
Law enforcement openings include deputies, corrections officers and a 911 operator. 
According to data from the the S.C. Association of Counties, Lancaster County now has 503 full-time workers and 638 part-time workers, or about 6.6 full-time workers per 1,000 residents.
With a 2018 payroll of $19 million, county government is the seventh largest full-time employer in the county.

Follow reporter Greg Summers on Twitter @GregSummersTLN or contact him at (803) 283-1156.